There is no doubt in my mind that President-elect Donald Trump will be good for photographers. They will no longer be unemployed at the end of the week for the next four years. At the end of every day, photographers will bring a new presidential story to their newspaper or magazine or website, and we should all get ready for a roller coaster ride!
Over the last 30-plus years, I have photographed the President-elect at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City; in his New York office; at construction sites; on the roof of Trump Tower; in his homes in New York and the beautiful Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach; in his helicopter; and in his limo—sometimes alone, and sometimes with his family. I am pleased to say that the President-elect knows exactly what a photographer wants (a picture people will stop and look at) and he never disappoints; he willingly obliges.
I wasn’t surprised when Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the president of the United States. I’m not exactly sure why, but I just wasn’t surprised. Now that the election is over, Mar-a-Lago will become the summer White House—a fitting tribute to a magnificent Palm Beach landmark. I think Marjorie Merriweather Post would love every minute of it!